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Subchapter 4. Construction Safety Orders
Article 15. Cranes and Derricks in Construction
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§1618.2. Signal Person Qualifications.

(a) The employer of the signal person shall ensure that each signal person meets the Qualification Requirements [subsection (c)] prior to giving any signals. This requirement shall be met by using either Option (1) or Option (2) of this section.

(1) Option (1) - Third party qualified evaluator. The signal person has documentation from a third party qualified evaluator [see Qualified Evaluator (third party), Section 1610.3 for definition] showing that the signal person meets the Qualification Requirements [see subsection (c)].

(2) Option (2) - Employer's qualified evaluator. The employer's qualified [see Qualified Evaluator (not a third party), Section 1610.3 for definition] evaluator assesses the individual and determines that the individual meets the Qualification Requirements [see subsection (c)] and provides documentation of that determination. An assessment by an employer's qualified evaluator under this option is not portable - other employers are not permitted to use it to meet the requirements of this section.

(3) The employer shall make the documentation for whichever option is used available at the site while the signal person is employed by the employer. The documentation shall specify each type of signaling (e.g. hand signals, radio signals, etc.) for which the signal person meets the requirements of subsection (c).

(b) If subsequent actions by the signal person indicate that the individual does not meet the Qualification Requirements [see subsection (c)], the employer shall not allow the individual to continue working as a signal person until re-training is provided and a reassessment is made in accordance with subsection (a) of this section that confirms that the individual meets the Qualification Requirements.

(c) Qualification Requirements. Each signal person shall:

(1) Know and understand the type of signals used. If hand signals are used, the signal person shall know and understand the Standard Method for hand signals.

(2) Be competent in the application of the type of signals used.

(3) Have a basic understanding of equipment operation and limitations, including the crane dynamics involved in swinging and stopping loads and boom deflection from hoisting loads.

(4) Know and understand the relevant requirements of Section 1617.1 through Section 1617.3 and Section 1618.2.

(5) Demonstrate that he/she meets the requirements in subsection (c)(1) through (4) of this section through an oral or written test, and through a practical test.

Note: Authority cited: Section 142.3, Labor Code. Reference: Section 142.3, Labor Code.


1. New section filed 7-7-2011; operative 7-7-2011. Exempt from OAL review pursuant to Labor Code section 142.3(a)(3) (Register 2011, No. 27).

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